Wednesday, September 23, 2009

TYC condemns the UN invitation to Chinese President Hu Jintao to address the UN Summit

22 September 2009

Tibetan Youth Congress strongly condemns the United Nations invitation to Chinese President Hu Jintao to address the UN Summit on Climate Change, the 64th annual UN General Assembly debate and the UN Security Council Summit on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament at this particular time when the human rights situation inside Tibet and East Turkistan continues to deteriorate.

In the last more than 50 years of Chinese illegal occupation of Tibet, over 1.2 million Tibetans have been killed, thousands have gone missing and still several hundreds languish in prisons. Over six thousand monasteries have been destroyed. The most recent case was brutal killings of Tibetan people in Tibet and re-launch of “strike hard” and “Patriotic Re education” campaigns in Tibet. The another alarming development is that China has turned Tibet into a vast military camp with airfield and missile base supported by more than 500,000 troops and a network of railways, roads, bridges and tunnels. China’s history of supplying nuclear technology to Pakistan, North Korea, Iran and other rouge States show that China’s stand on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation is questionable.

Neither has China been cooperative on resolving global climate change challenges like reducing greenhouse gasses. Furthermore, China’s policy of the accelerated exploitation of Tibet’s natural resources and dumping of nuclear waste in Tibet do not conform to international safety standards and is leading to the destruction of Tibet’s fragile ecosystem.

The rapid population transfer of millions of Chinese migrants into Tibet is also overburdening the plateau and is resulting in cultural genocide. Asia's great rivers like the Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, Salween, Mekong, Yangtze and Yellow River flow from Tibet into several neighboring countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma and others. 47 percent of the world human population depends on these rivers for their sustenance. The diversion of these rivers and the construction of large hydropower dams threaten to cause irreversible damage to the environment and have major transboundary effects on neighboring Countries.

The continued gross violation of human rights in Tibet, East Turkistan and mainland China proved against Hu Jintao’s previous commitments of promoting and safeguarding world peace and seeking a harmonious society. China’s leaders should stop making rhetorical statements and false commitments to the world. These leaders should start living up to their own words, respect international norms and stop violating the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) while reiterating its stand for the complete Independence of Tibet appeal to the UN and the world leaders to raise the issue of Tibet through these UN Summits to the leaders of People’s Republic of China. We also appeal to the international community to not remain indifferent to the sufferings of the Tibetan people and to continue your support for the just struggle of the Tibetans.

Issued by: The Office of Central Executive Committee, Tibetan Youth Congress
Contact TYC Office: 01892-221554

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